DIY Galaxy Shoes! They’re Out Of This World!!

Out of this world!!

10491201_10153099803585505_5921488610820491047_nLet me introduce Sissy! She is an artist. So much more craftier than anyone else in my family.  Her world is full of color. Her room is a Caribbean Blue, her eyes are an Emerald Green and right now her smile is Pink and Purple (thanks to braces).  With her being the crafty one in the family, she LOVES Pinterest. She saw some pictures of Galaxy Shoes and she begged me to go get the paint, since she had a pair of black shoes just lying around.

BEFORE

BEFORE

We collected the paint and supplies (jewels, shoes, something to cover my table, paintbrushes) and went to work.  Sissy did most of the work. First we

Supplies!

Supplies!

painted them in splotches of Pink, Purple and Blue.  Then we blended the splotches together so it looks like they are supposed to be there. When we were finally happy with the way the colors looked, we added stars and galaxies.

Sissy was very happy the way her shoes turned out!

After

After

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Deviled Eggs? We Prefer Heavenly Goodness Eggs!!

Who lays the Golden Eggs?

Growing up, I was never a fan of Deviled Eggs. I didn’t like the yolk part of a hard boiled egg, I didn’t like the way it smelled, I didn’t like the color.  As I mature, <COUGH> I find that I DO like hard boiled eggs.  While at a wedding this summer I tried a deviled egg.  It was LOVE!! I called My Guy Bri immediately to tell him just how wonderful I thought this small golden treat was.  He was ecstatic because that meant I would make them.  Well, make them I did!

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Let me say in advance that I make my own Mayo.  I’ll put the recipe for it. It seriously only takes a few minutes (less than 5) to make and it keeps for at least 10 days.


Paleo Mayonnaise Recipe

  • 1 egg
  • 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1/2 t stone ground mustard
  • 1 C Grapeseed Oil (you can use Olive Oil, or any other kind of oil you are comfortable with)

Directions:

  1. Put first 5 ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix for 30 seconds.
  2. Slowly add in the Oil.
  3. Enjoy!

Perfect Hard Boiled Egg with Easy Peel

  • 6-12 eggs
  • water

Directions:

  1. Place eggs into a deep pan
  2. Fill with water until tops of eggs are covered
  3. Put on high heat to boil
  4. Bring to a boil and remove from heat and put a lid on it.
  5. 15 minutes, drain and put in a large bowl and pop in the fridge overnight.
  6. When peeling, tap top and bottom then blow through the narrow end.
  7. Roll egg so it gets cracked all around and begin peeling under a slow stream of cold water.

Now that you have your Mayo and Hard Boiled Eggs peeled, you can continue on to these delicious Golden Beauties!

Lovey Likes to Mix

Lovey Likes to Mix

Ingredients:

  • 6-12 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • White Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Bacon (Crumbled)

Directions:

  1. Cook bacon!!! 4 Slices is plenty for a dozen eggs.
  2. Cut eggs in half (long way) and use a spoon to remove yolk, set into a medium bowl.
  3. Mix, using a fork, egg yolks with vinegar (1T for a dozen, 1.5 t for 6), Mustard (1 T for a dozen, 1.5 t for 6), bacon, salt & pepper to taste, Mayonnaise until consistency is correct. Smooth but not too stiff or too runny.
  4. Once smooth, spoon into egg halves. If you want, you can put mixture into a baggie and snip the corner and push the mixture into the eggs.
  5. Sprinkle with Paprika and enjoy!

    Who lays the Golden Eggs?

    Who lays the Golden Eggs?

Why I Eat Paleo And Not Crap…..

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My Guy Bri ❤ and Me

I get asked often if I’m Paleo to lose weight.  The answer is no. I also get asked if I’m allergic to Dairy, Gluten or Legumes.  The answer is NO.  Then why would I put myself through the (what must seem to others) torture of a Paleo Diet?!???  The answer is, it helps my pain.  Then the conversation continues to people asking me what causes my pain. The answer is I DO NOT KNOW.  My doctors DO NOT KNOW.  Even with their lack of knowledge, the prescribe me medications.  I’ve been labelled as having Fibromyalgia.  There is no test for this, it is a process of elimination.  Nothing else seems to be causing the pain in my muscles and joints, sometimes so severe that I hardly leave my bed, so it must be this phantom disease called Fibromyalgia.  There are treatments for this disease, although NO CURE.  I can take pills to alter my brain function, pills to alter my nerve function or I can change my diet.  I opted to change my diet. I started October ’14.

Lovey Levin and Mom

Lovey Levin and Mom

I started by cutting a little bit of the “offending” food at a time. So in October, I gave up Gluten.  That wasn’t hard for me because my son, Lovey Levin, was still GF at that point. In December, I gave up Dairy.  That nearly killed me. I can almost guarantee that the majority of my diet was cheese.  I shit you not!  I put cheese on everything, with almost every meal.  February, I cut all Grains and Legumes.  SHIT HIT THE FAN, literally…. I was on the toilet more often than not.

Rosie and Me

Rosie and Me

The good news was that my pain was gone.  That said, I was going #2 so often that I was becoming dehydrated.  My fingers would swell. I went back to my doctor and had to go through an Upper and Lower GI exploratory.  It turned out that I had some kind of distress in my intestines.  They prescribed another medication.  I declined.  I added some rice back to my diet.  My #2 problem miraculously went away.  No medication needed.

So now I have my diet set so I can eat well and have no pain.

My Boo Drew and Me

My Boo Drew and Me

I still don’t eat white potatoes, I take it easy on tomatoes, I DO eat rice and my pain level has been reduced by 85%, easily!  My family has been great about meeting my needs.  They are more than willing to be guinea pigs to my recipes and my attempts to modify our regular recipes.  We’ve had some nasty, horrible duds; mostly it’s been great.  I don’t buy things that come in a box; things that are overly processed or prepackaged.   My family is eating healthier because I got sick. I am healthier because I got sick.  I managed to lose over 60 pounds through diet and exercise (which I can now do, because the pain is so much less). There’s always a silver lining!

Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops – Are You KIDDING Me?!?!

One of the things I’ve missed since going Paleo is Mushroom Soup! You can make so many things awesome with a great Mushroom Soup. So I really wanted to make Pork Chops (the really thick yummy kind) awesome with some kind of mushroom soup.  I scoured the internet drooling over so many recipes until I found this one from Fast Paleo. It was so easy and it tasted amazing!! My family said that this one is definitely going in “THE BOOK” of fabulous food! I altered the original recipe a bit, because I don’t know how to follow a recipe…. sorry 🙂


Ingredients:

  • 4 thick pork chopsIMG_7639
  • salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary to season chops
  • coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 T minced garlic
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1 C chicken broth
  • 1 C coconut milk (if you are using canned, I recommend mixing the whole can up really well, then pouring out 1 C for this meal)

Directions

  1. Season the chops with Salt, Pepper, Thyme and Rosemary – I put on a pretty good coating.
  2. Medium / High heat, melt coconut oil and fry the pork chops 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan.
  3. Saute onions and mushrooms for 5 minutes, add garlic and saute for another 3 minutes, add oregano and saute until most liquid is gone.IMG_7642
  4. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low / medium and add pork chops back in the pan. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Pour in coconut milk, turn the heat back up to medium / high, bring to a boil then simmer for 10-15 minutes until sauce is reduced by a third to half.

I had a side salad with this for myself (I’m the only one who is Paleo) and my family had some pasta and a salad.

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Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23 g 35 %
Saturated Fat 16 g 81 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 57 mg 19 %
Sodium 279 mg 12 %
Potassium 747 mg 21 %
Total Carbohydrate 10 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 24 g 47 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 13 %
Calcium 5 %
Iron 18 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

MMM! Fajitas are BANGIN’ (Paleo and Vegitarian)

My family has always loved Veggie Fajitas.  I miss having the tortilla with it, I REALLY miss it! So I scoured the internet to find a Paleo Wrap recipe.  I found one that looked promising at Stupid Easy Paleo and I was excited to try it for dinner.  I will admit, these wraps did taste much more like a crepe rather than a tortilla, but it DID do the job!  The original recipe makes 10 wraps, I halved it and was able to make 4 wraps.  I used a 10″ pan.

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Look at the Goodness!


To make the Paleo Wraps/ Tortillas/ Crepes, gather the ingredients:

This is a half recipe

  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 C arrowroot Flour
  • 2 T coconut Flour
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • pinch of saltIMG_7628

Directions for wraps:

  1. Whisk oil and eggs in a bowl
  2. Add half of the arrowroot flour until smooth, then add the other half of arrowroot flour, whisk until smooth
  3. Add coconut flour, baking soda and salt – whisk until lumps are gone.
  4. Heat a frying pan (whatever size you want your wrap) on medium/high heat.
  5. Pour or ladle (ladling is so much easier) mixture into pan, and tilt pan around to spread.  It will take IMG_763045-60 seconds for the first side to be done (you’ll notice the edges of the wrap come away from the pan).
  6. Flip it 45-60 seconds and it should be done.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
  8. If you don’t finish them all in one fell swoop, you can store them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to a week

If you want an idea with what to fill this tortilla with, you can try our veggie mix! It’s super easy and excitingly flavorful.  We use:

  • carrot slices
  • broccoli florets
  • cauliflower florets
  • red pepper, sliced
  • green pepper, sliced
  • mushrooms, quartered
  • onions, sliced
  • minced garlic
  • olive oil
  • cumin
  • chili powder

Then to make (once you do 7 days of chopping and slicing)*

  1. We cook one at a time to al dente, with just olive oil.  You may add some water to speed up cooking via steaming.
  2. Place cooked food in a holding dish in the oven.  Set oven to “warm / hold”
  3. When they are all cooked, place all items back in the pan and add cumin and chili powder to taste.

My family likes Goya Yellow Rice mix with this meal.  It doesn’t have Legumes, Dairy or Gluten.


I top my filled tortilla with a little homemade Paleo Mayonnaise.  It fills the void that Sour Cream used to fill.IMG_7632

Nutrition Facts for paleo wraps
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8 g 12 %
Saturated Fat 4 g 20 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 212 mg 71 %
Sodium 193 mg 8 %
Potassium 67 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 16 g 5 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 7 g 14 %
Vitamin A 5 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 3 %
Iron 8 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Paleo Chicken and Gravy (Who Needs Biscuits, Anway?!)

So I’ve begun to meal plan.  I’ve been trying to incorporate a few new recipes each week to add to my ever expanding cookbook. Maybe one day, a publisher will pick it up…. “Paleo for Peeps” Oh, to dream.

I digress, so I’ve been planning meals since the school year started. Between physical therapy, swim team, vocal lessons, a teenage boy, a preschooler, and a tween girl – Shit has been busy! Anywho, for dinner tonight I tried a new recipe.  Chicken and Gravy, because my family doesn’t like biscuits and I’m not able to eat them. We had a side salad and everyone else ate peas and corn (fresh from the farm yesterday!)


Ingredients:

He loves to peel

He loves to peel

  • 1.5-2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1.5 C sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 slices of bacon (this is optional – see directions)
  • 1T dried herb mix, thyme, rosemary, and sage)IMG_7620
  • 1/2 chicken broth

Directions:

  1. Steam sweet potatoes in a rice steamer, using the basket provided. It took three cycles to do it this way.  You could also steam them on the stove with a steamer basket. They should be fork tender.
  2. Fry bacon until crispy. Keep 4 T of bacon fat in a blender or food processor. Leave remaining bacon fat in the pan to fry chicken in.
    • If you already have bacon fat on reserve, you can skip this step. We made 8 slices of bacon because
      bacon.... YUMM

      bacon…. YUMM

      we like bacon.  We ate 4 slices and the other 4 we threw in the gravy!!

  3. Salt both sides of chicken thighs and fry in bacon grease… YUMMMM
  4. Place steamed sweet potatoes in the blender along with seasoning, bacon, and bacon fat. Slowly add the warmed up broth while pureeing.  The gravy should be a thick gravy consistency.

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This turned out to be an amazing meal that was easy to make.  I steamed the potatoes earlier in the day and kept them in the fridge. I warmed them up in the microwave before making the gravy.  I really do think adding the bacon to the gravy was an awesome idea.  It made the gravy very flavorful.  How can bacon make anything worse?IMG_7624

Nutrition Facts for Paleo Chicken and gravy
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11 g 16 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 15 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 110 mg 37 %
Sodium 421 mg 18 %
Potassium 428 mg 12 %
Total Carbohydrate 8 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 24 g 48 %
Vitamin A 68 %
Vitamin C 30 %
Calcium 0 %
Iron 7 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Meatloaf and Meatballs, OH MY! (Paleo Style)

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As any busy parent knows, bulk cooking certain things can make life SOOO much easier.  I decided to make Meatloaf and Meatballs together because the base is the same, just the seasonings are different.  This was super easy and Lovey Levin helped me!

Look at all these veggies!

Look at all these veggies!

Ingredients for Base Meat:

  • 2 lbs Ground Pork
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 large carrots, minced
  • 1 lb mushrooms, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

Meatloaf Seasoning

1/4 C dried parsley

2 t Thyme

Bacon for later 5 slices, raw

Meatball Seasoning

1/2 T salt

1 T caraway seeds

1 T paprika

1/2 t black pepper

1/4 C dried parsley

1 t thyme


Here are simple directions to make all this meaty goodness in one fell swoop.

MEAT

MEAT

  1. Mince your veggies one at a time in a food processor, using the pulse option!! HUGE TIMERSAVER!
    • I quartered my mushrooms, onions and carrots to allow for better mincing.
  2. Fry it up in a little fat or oil of your choosing. I used coconut oil. Saute until cooked down, about 10 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool, put in fridge if you are in a rush. I let mine sit on the stove top while I washed up the dishes from cutting the veggies.
  4. Put your 4lbs of meat into a really large mixing bowl.
  5. Add in the eggs and seasonings for meatloaf.
    square meatloaf

    square meatloaf

    • 1/2 C dried parsley and 1 T thyme
  6. Mix well, by hand. Little hands love this!!
  7. Fill your loaf pans and top with Bacon.
    • I like to cut my bacon in half and lay it along the short end of my loaf pan.  This time I happened to be out of throw away loaf pans (I’ll be freezing this for later use) and I used a square cake pan.  I didn’t need to cut the bacon.
  8. Add meatball seasoning to the remaining meat (NOT thyme or parsley)
  9. Mix well.
  10. Roll into balls and place on cookie tray or press into mini muffin pans (I use mini IMG_7612muffin pans!)
  11. Bake at 350F
    • Meatloaf for 50 minutes
    • Meatballs for 25 minutes
  12. Drain fat when done.
  13. Enjoy!

    meatcupcakes

    meatcupcakes

I freeze both of these meat dishes for future use! It only takes about 30 minutes of my time (not including cooking time).  This is also a great way to get some veggies into your kids’ bellies. My kids devour both of these things.  My daughter is notorious for eating both cold from the fridge.  It really is THAT GOOD!

Nutrition Facts for Paleo Meatballs
Servings 10.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 275
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19 g 29 %
Saturated Fat 7 g 37 %
Monounsaturated Fat 8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 115 mg 38 %
Sodium 439 mg 18 %
Potassium 463 mg 13 %
Total Carbohydrate 3 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 22 g 45 %
Vitamin A 29 %
Vitamin C 5 %
Calcium 4 %
Iron 14 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Nutrition Facts for Paleo Meatloaf
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 396
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30 g 47 %
Saturated Fat 7 g 37 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 142 mg 47 %
Sodium 1111 mg 46 %
Potassium 450 mg 13 %
Total Carbohydrate 5 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 6 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 26 g 51 %
Vitamin A 43 %
Vitamin C 7 %
Calcium 5 %
Iron 8 %